The two-day event is affiliated to the Equifest Festival, which is held at the East of England showground, Peterborough, and is one of the largest horseshows in the country.
The first day of the competition will take place on Saturday April 21, focusing on three categories. These include In-Hand three years and under, In-Hand four years and under and ridden classes.
The Worker Hunter Show will be held the following day, on Sunday April 22. Competitors will ride horses and ponies over a course of worker hunting fences at a variety of heights. Esteemed mother and daughter duo, Aileen and Jessie Singleton, will travel from Glasgow to head-up the judging panel to pinpoint the deserving winners, awarding them with rosettes and sashes. James Munro, head of equestrian studies at The North Highland College, UHI, is delighted to announce the launch of the event.
He said: “It’s with great pleasure that I welcome the first equestrian event of its kind to be held at the college. This is the first time that there has been a show so early in the season in the Highlands.
“We’re welcoming everyone to come along and take part. Whether you’re a novice or an esteemed rider, it’s a great way to get the horses out on the circuit before the season starts. “If this event is successful, we would like to organise another one at the end of the year.” The Inaugural In-Hand and Ridden Show takes place Saturday April 21 and Sunday April 22 at Dale Farm, Halkirk, which is part of North Highland College UHI. Entrants can enter on the day. There is an entry fee of £7 for pre-entered classes but no limitations on the amount of classes entered.
Please contact James Munro by email: James.Munro@uhi.ac.uk for an entry pack in advance.